Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Jun 22, 2009
Congressman Dennis Kucinich D-OH today made the following statement in response to General Stanley McChrystal’s decision to limit airstrikes in Afghanistan:
“General McChrystal’s decision to limit airstrikes is welcome. The collateral damage from these airstrikes has wrought human and economic tragedy. This heavy military hand has proved disastrous for the people of Afghanistan and for our mission there.
“We must reevaluate our use of force in Afghanistan, particularly with regard to the protection civilian populations. The U.S. cannot expect that ramping up military operations while failing to present an exit strategy will accomplish the stated U.S. goal of defeating extremism in the region. Afghanistan’s civilian population must be protected so that recruiting efforts by Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are not fueled by the American military presence.
“It is the people of Afghanistan who must take the reins to develop Afghanistan into the peaceful nation that the Administration envisions. Large civilian casualties and displacement like those seen in Iraq are unacceptable and only make it more difficult to ensure a peaceful future in Afghanistan. The ultimate goal in Afghanistan must be a complete withdrawal of all U.S. troops and contractors.”
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